Mandla Mandela loses court bid

2013-07-03 12:57
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Mandela family in court

The feud surrounding the family grave site in Qunu brought members of Nelson Mandela's family to court on Tuesday. See photos.

Mthatha - The remains of former president Nelson Mandela's children must be returned to Qunu for reburial, the Eastern Cape High Court ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Lusindiso Pakade made the ruling after Madiba's grandson Mandla Mandela challenged an earlier court order compelling him to return the graves, which he had moved from Qunu to Mvezo in 2011, without the knowledge or consent of his relatives.

The exhumation must take place by 15:00 on Wednesday. The original court order was made last week.

One of the lawyers for the Mandela family was heard saying outside court: "The hearse is on the way."

Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe Mandela, her nephew Ndaba Mandela, and niece Ndileka Mandela were in court to observe proceedings.

The graves are those of Mandela's eldest son, Mandla Mandela's father, Makgatho Mandela, who died in 2005; Mandela's first daughter Makaziwe Mandela, who died as an infant in 1948; and Mandela's second son Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.

Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  mandla mandela  |  east london  |  mandela graves saga

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a tendency to get too caught up in group dynamics and high expectations and ideals, that your own personal needs more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.